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Transfer Scholars Summer Award

It’s time for your summer breakthrough with UW–Madison’s Transfer Scholars Summer Award!

Undergraduate spring 2020 transfer students who enroll in Summer Term 2020 automatically receive an award. All spring 2020 transfer students are eligible to receive the award, but must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. In a 2015 survey, your peers said they were interested in taking advantage of Summer Term but weren’t able to enroll because they lacked funds for tuition. We’re piloting the UW–Madison Transfer Scholars Summer Award as part of our commitment to helping students reduce their time to degree and debt burden.

Please note Spring 2020 transfer students are not eligible to also receive the Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study in addition to the Transfer Scholars Award. 

Summer Transfer Employment Program

Designed for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 transfer students, the Summer Transfer Employment Program (STEP) provides an opportunity for transfer students to strengthen their UW-Madison connections while working on campus this summer. STEP applicants have guaranteed part-time employment opportunities with employers such as the Unions, UW Athletics, DoIT and more. Applications are open.

Frequently asked questions

Q: How much is the Summer award?

A: Students who pay the resident or Minnesota tuition rates will receive up to $500 toward the cost of Summer 2020 resident tuition and fees. Students who pay nonresident or international tuition rates will receive up to $1,000 toward the cost of Summer 2020 nonresident tuition and fees.

Q: Is there anything I need to do to accept the award?

A: No. If you enroll in summer courses at UW–Madison, the award will automatically be applied to your summer tuition charges. Once financial aid is disbursed in May, you can log into your Student Center and access your Tuition Account Summary. There you will see this scholarship listed as DCS Transfer Summer School under pending/anticipated financial aid. By late May, the Bursar’s Office will apply the award to your summer tuition balance.

Q: When can I enroll in Summer Term?

A: Summer Term enrollment begins March 30, 2020. And don’t forget to consult with your advisor about which summer courses match your academic plans.

Q: Can I use my award for a different semester?

A: The award is only available for use in Summer 2020. Students must have been enrolled as a degree-seeking student during the Spring 2020 semester.

Q: Can I receive the award if I do not maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP)?

A: Only students who maintain satisfactory academic progress are eligible for the award.

Q: Are international students eligible for the award?

A: Yes! All newly admitted spring 2020 undergraduate transfer students who maintain satisfactory academic progress are eligible for the award.

Q: Where do I learn about other scholarship and financial aid opportunities?

A: Visit the scholarships page and the summer financial aid page to learn more.

Q: Who do I contact for more information about the Summer Transfer Scholars Award?

A: Please email the Summer Term Office with any questions.

Top Reasons to Attend Summer Term

1

The summer classroom: an archaeological dig, Bascom Hill or your living room. No matter what format, you get an outstanding UW–Madison experience.

2

It’s actually less expensive to complete your degree in four years with two Summer Terms, rather than taking a fifth year. Scholarships are available to help with any unanticipated costs.

3

Lighten your load now and have more time for internships or other opportunities down the line.

4

Push yourself in a challenging class or get a jump on one of our most in-demand courses.

5

We’ve got you covered: No apartment? No job? No problem! Housing and employment are available on campus in the summer.

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